PEOPLE with their roots in Moray are being encouraged to “come on home”.
Following on from the Year of Homecoming in 2009, Moray’s museums and heritage centres have launched a new leaflet and website under the Moray Connections banner.
The colourful and informative leaflet, “Moray’s Heritage – Places to Visit”, lists heritage centres and museums and seeks to take visitors on a journey around the district, thanks to the work put in by the Moray Heritage Connections group with funding from Moray Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The leaflets can be picked up locally and people around the world can also log on to the website www.morayconnections.com
It provides information on family history, setting out how to go about a search, explaining the many services available in Moray’s heritage centres, and encouraging researchers to visit and discover where their ancestors lived, worked, worshipped or are now buried.
Moray Council’s libraries and museums manager, Alistair Campbell, explained that resources would continue to be developed as part of the ancestral tourism strategy for Moray.
“The Moray Connections website is key to promoting our rich heritage and encouraging local people to discover the past and their family history,” he said. “Moreover, it will prove to be a great attraction and resource for the many enquirers from overseas who are proud and privileged to have a connection with Moray.”
Councillor John Russell, chairman of the local authority’s tourism steering group, said: “The leaflet, website and associated publicity in newspapers and magazines will help put Moray on the map and ensure tourists and visitors will discover Moray’s heritage and our scenery, wildlife and fine food. The principal heritage providers are to be congratulated on working together in this way to ensure a co-ordinated approach to attracting and then supporting heritage tourists.”
Marion Walker, executive director of Moray Tourism Development, said: “We are delighted to see the launch of the Moray heritage leaflet which will bring Moray’s rich and varied heritage to everyone’s attention.
“Heritage is one of our main themes and we have been working very closely with Moray Connections to make sure we are able to support each other’s activities, bring our networks together and make everyone aware of all that Moray has to offer.”
Moray Heritage Connections includes Baxters Highland Village; Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre; Burghead Visitor Centre; Cullen, Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group; Elgin Museum; Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse; Fochabers Folk Museum; Keith and District Local Heritage Group; Kinloss Abbey; Knockando Woolmill Trust; Lossiemouth Fisheries Museum; Moray Art Centre; River Findhorn Heritage Centre; and the Moray Council museums in Forres and Tomintoul, along with the local heritage centre in Elgin.